Roundup of a dramatic matchweek in the 2023-24 Premier League season as the lead changed hands, amidst controversial refereeing decisions.
Jeremy Doku produced the opening goal followed by assists for Bernardo Silva’s brace plus goals from Manuel Akanji and Phil Foden, before Nathan Ake’s header sealed a 6-1 win over Bournemouth which put Manchester City top.
Nicolas Jackson’s hat-trick saw Chelsea come from behind to win 4-1 at second-placed Tottenham after Cole Palmer cancelled out Dejan Kulusevski’s goal, whilst Cristian Romero and Destiny Udogie were both red carded for the hosts in an ill-tempered clash.
Luis Diaz’s 95th minute equaliser cancelled out Tahith Chong’s 80th minute goal as Liverpool fought back to draw 1-1 at Luton, which lifted the Reds up to third and Rob Edwards’ Hatters out of the relegation zon at Bournemouth’s expense.
Arsenal consequently slipped to fourth after Anthony Gordon netted a controversial 64th minute winner for sixth-placed Newcastle, which prompted the Gunners to release a statement defending Mikel Arteta’s post-match criticism of “embarrassing” refereeing.
Down in the relegation zone, Sheffield United remain rock bottom but collected their first league win of the campaign with a 2-1 home victory against Wolves, as Oliver Norwood scored a 100th minute penalty after Cameron Archer’s opening goal had been cancelled out by Jean-Ricner Bellegarde.
Burnley remain second bottom after goals from Jeffrey Schlupp and Tyrick Mitchell saw Crystal Palace defeat the Clarets 2-0 at Turf Moor,
Everton sit five points clear of the drop in 16th position after Ashley Young’s own-goal saw Brighton fight back to snatch a 1-1 draw at Goodison Park, after the Toffees had led through Vitaliy Mykolenko’s seventh minute goal.
Elsewhere, Nathan Collins headed in a 69th minute winner as Brentford defeated West Ham 3-2 in a London derby cracker, having led through Neal Maupay before Mohammed Kudus and Jarrod Bowen scored for the Hammers prior to Konstantinos Mavropanos’ own-goal.
Harry Toffolo provided assists for Ola Aina and Orel Mangala as Nottingham Forest stunned fifth-placed Aston Villa with a 2-0 home win at the City Ground.
Finally, Bruno Fernandes curled in a 91st minute winner as Manchester United scraped past Fulham in a scrappy contest at Craven Cottage.